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A Milestone for Health Reform: Final Legislation Must Meet Women's Needs

Posted by | Posted on: October 13, 2009 at 07:02 pm

Today the Senate Finance Committee voted to report out its health care bill – taking it to the Senate floor to be merged with the HELP bill.

The following is a statement by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC):

“The Senate Finance Committee vote marks another important milestone on the road toward a healed health care system, bringing the country further in health reform than at any other time in U.S. history.

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Gender Discrimination in Health Reform on Larry King Tonight

Posted by Adrienne Ammerman, Communications Manager | Posted on: October 08, 2009 at 09:57 pm

by Adrienne Ammerman, Communications Manager, 
National Women's Law Center 

You talked—they listened. 

Our elected leaders, the media... all of the sudden they’re waking up to the fact that women face major obstacles when it comes to getting the health care they need.

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Would-Be Women Astronauts Denied the Right to Serve

Posted by Melanie Ross Levin, Director of Outreach | Posted on: October 08, 2009 at 04:16 pm

by Melanie Ross Levin, Outreach Manager,
National Women’s Law Center 

In the 1950s, as the space race was heating up, NASA trained a number of women to serve as astronauts. Sadly, that training was as far as they got.

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Cheaters Sometimes Prosper; Or: Why We Need Health Care Reform

Posted by Melanie Ross Levin, Director of Outreach | Posted on: October 07, 2009 at 08:33 pm

by Melanie Ross Levin, Outreach Manager, 
National Women’s Law Center 

In 4th grade I hit my Monopoly peak. At the time, I played a classmate of mine, Laura W., almost every Saturday. I was usually the Hat. She was usually the Horse. I usually won, but the rules never changed. Hotels were worth a certain amount of money and so were those annoying utilities. We played strictly by the book. 

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October is Sex Ed Month of Action – Get Moving!

Posted by Candace Webb, Outreach Manager | Posted on: October 07, 2009 at 03:06 pm

By Candace Webb, Outreach Manager,
National Women's Law Center 

Since 1996, Congress has provided more than one billion dollars in federal funding to states, communities and school districts to implement “abstinence-only” programs. And just last week, Congress voted once again to continue funding these failed programs. These programs have repeatedly been proven ineffective, as studies have shown. And as my colleague Julia Kaye pointed out last week some federally funded abstinence-only programs promote stereotypes about gender and relationships.

Unlike failed abstinence-only programs, comprehensive sexuality education programs provide teens complete information, are medically accurate, and have an evidence base of effectiveness. For these reasons and more, the National Women’s Law Center fully supports efforts to help young people on their campuses and in their communities across the country to build momentum for comprehensive sex education during October’s Sex Ed Month of Action – and to urge their Members of Congress to become co-sponsors of the Responsible Education About Life Act (the REAL Act).  

Having been a youth sexual health educator myself, I know just how important medically accurate and science-based comprehensive sexuality education is to keeping teens and young adults knowledgeable and equipped with the skills needed to make life-long healthy and responsible decisions. On many occasions, I educated youth that came from very conservative families where sex and birth control were taboo topics and were never discussed. On the flip side, I came across youth who had parents that used a positive sexuality approach toward sexuality education and talked openly and honestly with their children from a young age about sex, relationships, and sexual health issues so that they could develop healthy attitudes toward sexuality and themselves.

Another lesson I learned as a youth sexual health educator was the vital role schools and communities have in preparing young people for a lifetime of sexual health. I learned that many young women relied on the information they received in schools because they were not getting this much-needed information in a more intimate family setting. In the ideal world, parents would be the primary sexual health educators of their children – meaning they would be comfortable talking to their children about relationships and safer sex, and there would be less pressure on schools to be the exclusive providers of the only accurate sexual health information youth will ever get.

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Free Training on Tax Credits for Working Families

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: October 06, 2009 at 08:43 pm

by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security, 
National Women's Law Center 

Did you know that federal tax credits for families have been expanded and are now more valuable than ever? We're not talking about a few dollars more for families, we're talking about potentially thousands of dollars.

But unfortunately, millions of families don’t even know to ask for the credits they are eligible for.

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NWLC Applauds Confirmation of Thomas Perez

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: October 06, 2009 at 06:10 pm

by Amy Matsui, Senior Counsel, 
National Women's Law Center 

The National Women’s Law Center applauds the Senate for confirming Thomas Perez as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) today by a bipartisan vote of 72-22. The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) strongly supported Mr. Perez’s nomination.

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Weekly Round-Up

Posted by | Posted on: October 05, 2009 at 09:35 pm

by Robin Reed, Online Outreach Manager, 
National Women's Law Center 

The New York Times’ Economix blog explored several of the reasons health care reform is such an important issue for women. 

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